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Feeling blue? We have a feeling this eye shadow trend will brighten your day—and your eyes. Yep, blue eye shadow is making a comeback. There’s no more ‘80s craziness, though—now it’s all about wearing classy hues like cerulean and lapis.
Wondering if you can pull off blue eye shadow? You can. Yes—you! Blue eye shadow can work on anyone, as long as you know the right way to apply it. The success of your eye makeup look will be determined by the occasion, shade, placement, and product pairings. With all those factors just right, your new hue will surely be a hit. Continue reading for a breakdown of all things blue.
Blue eye shadow can be worn anywhere or for any occasion—as long as you consider the details. That means vivid indigos might not be suitable for business meetings, sky hues smeared from lid to brow might be a little too intense during the day.
How to wear blue eye shadow at work: Line your eyes with a navy eye shadow for something different than your typical black. It’ll add just enough color to make your eyes pop while still being appropriate for a professional setting.
How to wear blue eye shadow at the beach: If you don’t want to completely ditch your makeup when hitting the beach, smudge an ocean-inspired cream across your lids. You’ll help define your eyes while bringing style to the sand and surf.
How to wear blue eye shadow at night: Go bold blue for a fun night out. Swipe a cobalt blue eye shadow above your lashes and blend it out into a dramatic cat eye shape. Your fun look will surely attract attention amidst all the other smoky eyes.
When choosing a blue eye shadow, let your eye color be the guide to finding the most complementary hue.
If you have blue eyes…your eye shadow should never perfectly match your eyes. Instead, using a coordinating color can help make eyes stand out more. Look for a blue a few shades darker than your eyes for an eye-catching effect.
If you have brown eyes…you can pull off almost any color, so lucky you! Blend a denim shade across your lids for an on-trend interpretation of blue eye shadow.
If you have green eyes…strut your stuff and wear a jewel-toned blue with a hint of teal for a peacock-like effect.
If you have hazel eyes…the brighter the better. Try an eye-popping blue with green undertones to help bring out the different shades that make up hazel eyes.
Found your shade of choice? Here are four different ways to wear blue eye shadow.
Blue eye shadow look #1: Let your eye shadow work overtime by using it as a liner, too! Dip an angled eyeliner brush into a baby blue powder and drag it along the upper lash line for distinctive definition.
Blue eye shadow look #2: Smear a creamy cobalt across your lids, using a brush to help soften edges.
Blue eye shadow look #3: Define your eyes by creating a cut crease with a bright blue powder. Take a small brush and place the eye shadow directly along your crease and blend upwards for instant drama.
Blue eye shadow look #4: Smudge a dark blue under your lower lashes using a shadow crayon for a simple way to incorporate a hint of color.
Need a recommendation? We’ve got you covered!
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow Crayon in Always Aqua: This vibrant hue can be used as shadow or liner.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Infinite Sky: This soft shade pairs the ease of a powder with the velvety feel of a cream.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Grand Bleu: This deep blue offers intense color.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure: All your blues in one place! This quad houses four different blues in multiple finishes, so that you can blend them together for the perfect statement eye.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in BRB Blue 306: Soothing blue matches perfectly with silver in this double ended liquid shadow. Wear the blue alone or layer together for a metallic touch.
The more striking your eye shadow choice, the more the rest of your cosmetics should be toned down. A good rule of thumb: Pick just one part of your face to make pop and let the others complement it. If you’re wearing blue, opt for shades of sheer pink and coral on your lips and cheeks.